... seems like a lot of medication. Is that a good combination?
Hi, nee! Well, that is quite a cocktail! It looks like the doctors might be trying to *cover all the bases* as each of these antidepressants work in a different way, and Abilify is sometimes added because it can help the ADs to work better. There could be some potential interactions with this mix, but (unfortunately!) he is in a controlled environment where he can be closely monitored.
Whether he'll need to stay on them depends on both his response, and whether his depression is situational (due to a life event) or clinical (unbalanced neurotransmitters in his brain). He may be able to, at some point, wean off some or all the meds.
My beast wishes to you and your son! WCV
I understand how you are feeling, your a mother we worry no matter how
old our children are. My son is 33 is on sertraline, risperidone, & lamotrigine.
My son has MD (Muscular Dystrophy). Was diagnosed with Bipolar -
Mood Disorder & mild schizophrenia 2yrs ago. He is doing very well. I don't know anything about the meds. you listed. Hope you find the answers you
are looking for. I know it hard cuz were your son is. Hope they are keeping
you updated. Good Luck.
I have either been prescribed these medications either by themselves or together more than once in my lifetime, so I'll tell you what I know about each one. Welbutrin is used as a mood elevator, never worked for me, but it usually does for others, and is commonly prescribed with antidepressants. Prozac is a certain kind of antidepressant that's called an SSRI, not sure how it works but it is one of the more popular antidepressants out there. Abilify, and I'm not too sure how it does this, or if it's considered an antidepressant, but it's prescribed to help or make the actual antidepressant more effective. And Trazadone, initially was made for treating depression but is more commonly used to help patients sleep.
It may seem like quite a cocktail but I have been prescribed a lot more meds all at once for treating my bi-polar and schizophrenia. I highly doubt there are any serious interactions between these meds, else the jail would have quite the court case on their hands. This actually looks like the normal prescribed medications for someone such as your son who is diagnosed as he is, in my opinion you have nothing to worry about.
I have taken Prozac, Abilify and Trazadone together before. It seemed like a fine combination, and even though it may sound like a lot, it isn't really. I have a family member who takes Prozac and Wellbutrin and it's an excellent combo for her. Abilify may have negative side effects if taken long term (diabetes, for example), however the rest are well tolerated and relatively safe.
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